Linux creator Linus Torvalds, has announced that the Linux kernel 2.6, due for release in the fourth quarter, will include a variety of features for enterprise applications.
Features include support for hardware architectures, including the latest Advanced Micro Devices 64-bit Opteron CPUs and PowerPC 64 CPUs.
Torvalds promised improved scalability to 16 CPUs or more, using the new 0(1) scheduler; true asynchronous I/O for performance improvements in enterprise applications, including databases; improved file-system performance, four journaling file systems for real-time data backup and recovery capabilities; improved threading support for the Posix threads library, with the ability to handle up to hundreds of thousands of threads, as well as full Posix compliance; enhanced high-bandwidth networking support, with TCP segmentation offload support and zero-copy network file system support; and support for USB 2.0.
Corporate IT managers will welcome the addition of these kinds of high-powered features, since that makes it more feasible for them to abandon proprietary flavours of Unix in favour of open-source Linux.
Written by LinuxWorld staff